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09 juin 2020 | 15h27 UTC

Mali: Protest planned in Bamako June 12 /update 2

Mali Alerte de sécurité

Protest planned in Bamako on June 12; avoid protest site

TIMEFRAME expected from 9/6/2020, 12h00 until 15/6/2020, 11h59 (Africa/Bamako). COUNTRY/REGION Mali, Bamako

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Event

A protest in support of Malian President Ibrahim Boubacar Keïta and his government is planned for Friday, June 12, in Bamako. The protest comes in response to large anti-government protests that took place on June 5 in the capital and other cities throughout Mali. Anti-government protesters have denounced the second-round legislative election results held on April 19, claiming the vote was marred by fraud, while supporters of Keïta argue that the protests are threatening Mali's governmental institutions. Associated protests are likely to take place in other Malian cities on June 12.

Further associated demonstrations are likely in the near term. A heightened security presence and localized traffic disruptions are anticipated in the vicinity of any protest.

Context

Anti-government protests have been reported across the country, notably in Bamako, Sikasso, Bougouni, Kati, Yanfolila, Mopti, and Nioro since May.

The elections gave a majority to President Ibrahim Boubacar Keïta with the ruling Rassemblement pour le Mali (RPM) party winning 51 out of the 147 seats at the National Assembly. According to protesters the results released on April 30 by the Constitutional Court do not match initial results released by the Ministry of the Territorial Administration, in which the ruling party won 43 seats.

Advice

Those in Mali are advised to keep abreast of the situation and sociopolitical climate and avoid all public gatherings due to the risk of exposure to potential crowd disturbances and incidental violence. The security environment in Mali remains complex. Professional security advice and support should be sought prior to travel. Due to the underlying terrorist and kidnapping threats prevalent in the country,  travelers are advised to remain discreet regarding personal details, particularly information concerning nationality, employment, family, etc. Individuals are also advised to avoid public events and high-profile places frequented by Westerners, to remain vigilant at all times (especially in local markets, now used by terrorists as recruitment grounds), and to report any suspicious objects or behavior to security forces.

 

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